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Golden Anniversary: FOX26 has been on the air for 50 years

KMPH – Fresno-Visalia logo KMPH – Fresno-Visalia 10/12/2021 FOX26 NEWS

KMPH FOX26 turned 50 years old on Monday.

We've been counting down for the past 50 days and the big day finally arrived on Oct. 11, 2021.

KMPH first went live on the air on October 11, 1971, and 50 years later, we're still going strong.

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Caption: Looking back at the last 50 years

Caption: Interview with KMPH founder Harry Pappas

Click here to watch the full interview with Harry Pappas.

Caption: Fresno County Supervisor Steve Brandau visits Great Day to present a proclamation from the county in honor of our 50th Anniversary.

Caption: Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer and Councilman Mike Karbassi presented a proclamation from the city for our 50 years

Join us Monday, Oct. 11, as we kick things off at 8 a.m. live on Great Day! We’ll have Supervisor Steve Brandau live delivering the proclamation to the County Board of Supervisors to honor our 50th anniversary.

We’ll also have Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer and Councilmember Mike Karbassi deliver the proclamation which was given to us by the city at 9 a.m.

[RELATED] Rep. Jim Costa recognized KMPH FOX26 for 50 years of service from the house floor in D.C.

Caption: The Washington Union Marching Band outside the FOX26 Studios for our 50th Anniversary Celebration. (FOX26)

Caption: Looking back at The 26 Kids Crew

The fun doesn’t stop there, as the Washington Unified Marching Band will showcase their talent and host a parade live on Great Day for FOX26 viewers. We'll also have a furry friend from Cat Haven joining us in the studio live on Great Day! 

Be sure to stay tuned to Great Day Monday, Oct. 11, and join us in celebrating 50 years of being on the air!

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Caption: FOX26 celebrates 50 years with Chai the Clouded Leopard

Caption: FOX26 Shoutout from Parker from the Fresno Grizzlies


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